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TwentyTwenty Evaluation: Final Report
16 February 2017

A copy of the final report of the evaluation of TwentyTwenty has been published.

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Fostering: carers, academics and charity representatives questioned at the Education Select Committee
3 February 2017

This was the opening public hearing of the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into fostering which discussed a wide range of issues currently facing the foster care system with foster carers and organisations which represent the views of foster carers and looked after young people.

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Firstline Evaluation Report
25 January 2017

Firstline designed and delivered a prototype leadership development programme for first line managers working in children and families social work. It aimed to enable good managers to become high-performing and influential leaders in social work and wider society. The project was led by the Firstline team within The Frontline Organisation. This report provides an evaluation of the service.

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Improving Children’s Social Care Services: Results of a feasibility study
10 January 2017

This is a new report from Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), NSPCC and CCFR, Loughborough University on Improving Children’s Social Care Services: Results of a feasibility study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The report sets out the findings of a feasibility study that aimed to understand how to define ‘good’ children’s social care services and how to assess whether they have improved. The intention was for the feasibility study to support a larger project exploring the processes involved in improving children’s social care services.

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Introducing social pedagogy into UK fostering services: Final evaluation reports published
24 November 2016

The final reports for the evaluation of Head, Heart, Hands, an ambitious four year national programme to introduce social pedagogy into seven fostering providers in England and Scotland, have been finalised. This includes a final synthesis report which brings together the data gathered throughout the course of the evaluation to explore the impact of the programme, and the linkages between the way the programme unfolded and the outcomes that it achieved.

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LEARNING TO FLY: Building a Resilient and Reflective Therapeutic Child Care Workforce
9 November 2016

Dr Lisa Holmes, Director, CCFR is attending the Consortium for Therapeutic Communities conference on Tuesday 15th November to speak about the definition of 'therapeutic' and workforce development.

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The Evaluation of the Mockingbird Family Model
4 November 2016

The Department for Education has published the evaluation report of the Mockingbird Family Model carried out by The Centre for Child and Family Research.

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Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Youth: A Consensus Statement of the International Work Group on Therapeutic Residential Care
5 October 2016

Following on from the Therapeutic Residential Care conference held in April this year, a consensus statement which outlines the role of a newly formed working group which will focus on therapeutic residential care for children and youth.

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Implementing social pedagogy in fostering services: New publication
15 August 2016

This new report from The Colebrooke Centre and the Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University on the implementation of an ambitious four year national programme to introduce social pedagogy into seven fostering providers in England and Scotland is published ahead of final outcome and costs results (forthcoming, winter 2016). It focuses on the implementation successes and challenges in individual sites and across the group as a whole. Training for carers and some staff was well received and professional social pedagogues were successfully integrated into the work of several sites. In four sites, definite plans for sustaining and scaling up the approach in locally-appropriate ways were being made by the end of the period. The study shows however that implementing this kind of fluid and intangible approach is particularly challenging, at all levels.

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Towards a Family Justice Observatory: A scoping study
5 July 2016

The Towards a Family Justice Observatory scoping study will comprise a national call for evidence, a series of focus groups, and a review of existing observatories. A major component of the work will be to scope data sources and address the technical and governance issues that currently stand in the way of better use of administrative, survey and cohort datasets for research. The study is part of a project led by the Foundation to improve the generation and application of research in the family justice system. Earlier work has identified the need for an observatory to ensure that participants in the family justice system have access to a) reliable research to inform analysis of options for specific cases, and b) system performance data to assist in the allocation of resources and the development of new services and interventions. The observatory could be a single institution, but is more likely to be a consortium of organisations.

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8-year-olds identified in infancy as at risk of harm
8 July 2016

This study follows up a small sample of 8-year-old children for whom there had been concerns of abuse or neglect before their first birthdays. The report provides insight into the lives of these children and their families, including: •how decisions made by professionals in the children’s early years have continued to affect their lives •the role of social workers, primary school teachers and special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) •the children’s own experiences and perceptions

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Residential Care in England
5 July 2016

The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education asked Sir Martin Narey to review children’s residential care in England.

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Lisa Holmes to speak about North Yorkshire's No Wrong Door programme at the NCCT 2016 conference
8 June 2016

Lisa Holmes and Martin Kelly (North Yorkshire) will be presenting their emerging evaluation findings on the No Wrong Door programme at the NCCT 2016 conference.

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Cost Calculator for Children's Services - 2016 Re-Launch
7 June 2016

The Cost Calculator for Children's Services (CCfCS) will be re-launched this summer.

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An invitation to join (CCFR) for a free seminar with Visiting Speaker Damien W. Riggs on Making matter matter
24 May 2016

An invitation to join CCFR for a free seminar with Visiting Speaker Damien W. Riggs on Making matter matter: The privileging of genetic relatedness in the context of kinship.

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Evaluation of The London Fostering Achievement Programme - Final Report
12 May 2016

The Evaluation of The London Fostering Achievement Programme - Final Report is now available to download on the GLA website.

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The Centre for Child and Family Research held two events focusing on Therapeutic Residential Care.
10 May 2016

The Centre for Child and Family Research welcomed leading experts in children’s services to campus last month, as part of the Therapeutic Residential Care International Summit, funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust.

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Centre for Child and Family Research - April Newsletter
15 April 2016

Centre for Child and Family Research - April Newsletter

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INTRAC - International seminar on the History of leaving care
16 March 2016

On Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd March, CCFR is hosting an international seminar at Burleigh Court on behalf of INTRAC on the history of policy and practice for care leavers.

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Lisa Holmes is speaking at the National Fair Funding Conference
22 February 2016

Lisa Holmes, Director of CCFR, is delivering a seminar at the National Fair Funding Conference on Tuesday 8th March on Costs and outcomes for children’s services: a tool for analysis of routinely collected local authority data for looked after children.

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Event: Holocaust Education in Schools in the 21st Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward
12 February 2016

Holocaust Education in Schools in the 21st Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward Loughborough University, UK; National Holocaust Centre and Museum, 7-8 July 2016

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Improving Children's Social Care:
26 January 2016

A feasibility study focusing on fundamental questions about the definition of a 'good' service for children. This study in in need and ways of accurately assessing whether that standard has been reached is being funded by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted by a team of experts in children’s services. The research co-directors are Matt Barnard (Anna Freud Centre) and Ivana La Valle (University of East London) and the team also includes: Di Hart (Children’s Services Consultant); Lisa Holmes and Rebecca Brown (Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University); and Chloe Gill (NSPCC).

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An exciting opportunity to work at CCFR
20 January 2016

The Centre for Child and Family Research has an exciting opportunity for a new Research Associate to join them.

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Beta Testing on the Cost Calculator for Children's Services
15 December 2015

Beta test information on the Cost Calculator for Children's Services website has been updated along with links to the NSPCC download. The files and links are on the newly named ‘publications and resources’ tab, with a sign post to the links under the NEWS section on the home screen. FREE resource from NSPCC for Local authorities to calculate costs and costs avoided of returning children home from care Then with this web link reference to take people to the actual resource:

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Calculating the Cost of permanence: A case based approach
1 December 2015

Calculating the Cost of permanence:A case based approach was Lisa Holmes presentation at the recent Coram-i 'The Challenge of Achieving Permanence for Children in Care' event.

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Centre for Child and Family Research Autumn 2015 Newsletter
6 November 2015

The latest edition of the CCFR newsletter is available to read now.

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The Challenge of achieving permanence for children in care.
16 October 2015

Coram will be holding their autumn event on the Challenge of achieving permanence for children in care on Thursday 22nd October 2015. Lisa Holmes, Director, CCFR, will be speaking at this event.

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National Commissioning and Contracting Training Conference, Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
30 June 2015

Lisa Holmes, Director, Centre for Child and Family Research, is presenting at the National Commissioning and Contracting Training Conference, Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, which is a two day event on 2nd and 3rd July 2015.

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Policing in Partnership: Working With Vulnerable Citizens and Communities. Wednesday 17 June 2015.
21 May 2015

The Centre for Child and Family Research will be participating in the Policing in Partnership: Working With Vulnerable Citizens and Communities event which is taking place on Wednesday 17th June 2015 at the Design School at Loughborough University.

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Taking Care: a practice framework for reunification: evaluation report.
13 March 2015

NSPCC have commissioned CCFR to undertake an independent evaluation of the Taking Care Framework.

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Centre for Child and Family Research February Newsletter
5 March 2015

The Centre for Child and Family Research has produced it's first newsletter which was circulated in February 2015.

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Cumulative jeopardy: How professional responses to evidence of abuse and neglect further jeopardise children's life chances by being out of kilter with timeframes for early childhood development
2 December 2014

Professor Harriet Ward and Rebecca Brown have written an article for Children and Youth Services Review titled 'Cumulative jeopardy: How professional responses to evidence of abuse and neglect further jeopardise children's life chances by being out of kilter with timeframes for early childhood development.'

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Safeguarding infants from abuse and neglect - The Bessborough Centre workshop series 2014 Monday 24th November, 9.30am - 4.30pm
18 November 2014

Professor Harriet Ward will be presenting a one day workshop on safeguarding infants from abuse and neglect on Monday 24th November from 9.30 - 4.30 at The Bessborough Centre, Cork, Ireland.

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Our House: a short film in which young people talk about living in residential children’s homes
3 November 2014

A new film has been launched by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care/University of Cambridge in which young people talk about their experiences of living in residential children's homes.

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Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Youth. Developing Evidence-Based International Practice.
2 October 2014

Jessica Kingsley Publishers launched one of their latest publications co-edited by Lisa Holmes (CCFR) on Therapeutic Reseidential Care at the recent EUSARF 2014 conferece in Copenhagen.

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Supporting children and families returning home from care: Counting the costs
16 September 2014

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13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference 2013, Dublin.
13 September 2013

Professor Harriet Ward, Director, CCFR to present a Masterclass at the 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference in Dublin.

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CCFR presenting new research at Action for Children's final breakfast briefing on 27th June 2013.
27 June 2013

CCFR presenting new research on Intensive Family Support at Action for Children's final breakfast briefing on 27th June 2013.

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CCFR's Staying Put evaluation used in an article in The Observer on tranisitons from care to adulthood.
11 June 2013

The evaluation that was carried out by CCFR in 2011 on the DfE Staying Put pilot has been cited in an article on leaving care 'too soon' in The Observer newspaper.

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CCFR launching research at Action for Children's June Breakfast Briefing
29 May 2013

Samantha McDermid, Senior Research Associate, CCFR will be presenting some new research on how Local Authorities can identify 'cashable' savings at the next Action for Children Breakfast Briefing on the Government's Troubled Families programme.

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Professor Harriet Ward, Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research, was awarded a CBE
25 July 2012

Professor Harriet Ward, Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research, was awarded a CBE for services to children and families in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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Professor Harriet Ward, Director of CCFR has been invited to speak at the upcoming NZ-UK Link Lecture.
24 May 2013

Professor Harriet Ward, Director of CCFR has been invited to speak at the upcoming NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship Lecture.

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How social workers spend their time in frontline children's social care in England
10 May 2013

Lisa Holmes (Assistant Director) and Samantha McDermid (Senior Research Associate) have an article published in the Journal of Children's Services.

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Launch of Head, Heart, Hands Programme at Scottish Parliament.
6 June 2013

CCFR attending the launch of the Head, Heart, Hands Programme at Scottish Parliament on 6th June 2013.

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CCFR Evaluation of DfE Staying Put pilot programme on foster care discussed in Westminster
17 June 2013

CCFR Evaluation of DfE Staying Put pilot programme on foster care is being used by MPs to argue for amendments in the Children and Families Bill.

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CCFR presenting at the 7th International Foster Care Research Network Meeting.
9 September 2013

CCFR presenting at the 7th International Foster Care Research Network Meeting in Padua, Italy, 9 - 11th September 2013.

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Childhood Well-being Research Centre Data Pack on Improving permanence for looked-after children.
18 September 2013

The Improving permanence for looked-after children data pack provides greater detail about placements for looked-after children and those who return home. The pack is derived from the SSDA 903 data (to 31 March 2012) collected from all local authorities in England.

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New research published by Loughborough University reveals the cost effectiveness of support care.
25 September 2013

New research published by Loughborough University reveals the cost effectiveness of support care.

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New publication - Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (SAGE)
25 September 2013

New publication - Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (SAGE)

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Friday 4th July 2014 - Safeguarding Children: Everybody's Business - CCFR one day conference
20 February 2014

Friday 4th July 2014, 9.00am – 3.30pm - Centre for Child and Family Research One Day Conference on Safeguarding Children: Everybody’s Business, Holywell Park, Loughborough University.

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Loughborough Research helps shape new Government Policy on Foster Care.
9 December 2013

Loughborough Research helps shape new Government Policy on Foster Care.

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Evaluation of the Made to Measure Pilot: Pooling Personal budgets. First Interim Report
13 February 2014

Evaluation of the Made to Measure Pilot: Pooling Personal budgets. First Interim Report.

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XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, 14 - 17 September 2014
9 June 2014

Clare Lushey, Researcher at CCFR will be presenting at the XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect which is being held in Japan from 14 September to 17 September 2014.

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EUSARF September 2014
9 June 2014

CCFR Researchers to present research studies at EUSARF 2014.

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Professor Harriet Ward, CBE to lead an evening celebrating Coram's impact on child welfare policy and practice since 1739.
19 September 2014

Professor Harriet Ward, CBE to lead an evening celebrating Coram's impact on child welfare policy and practice since 1739.

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Neglect Report - Missed opportunities: indicators or neglect. Research Report
27 November 2014

Professor Harriet Ward and Clare Lushey have worked on the Independent Advisory Panel on Indicators of Neglect to publish a research report - Missed opportunities: indicators or neglect.

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‘Staying Put’ for young people in residential care: A scoping exercise
26 January 2015

The 'Staying Put' report has been produced by a collaboration between the National Children’s Bureau, The Who Cares? Trust, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Together Trust and the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University. It explores options for providing an equivalent of staying put for young people in residential care and the potential challenges and costs that will need to be taken into account for effective implementation.

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